MADE IN HIS IMAGE MINISTRIES, INC

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A holistic ministry ministering to individuals and the entire family through preaching, teaching, and spiritual discipline as taught through the word of God.

Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“Blest Be The Tie That Binds” by John Fawcett

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on April 7, 2022

As I reflect on the book, “Unrevealed Until Its Season,” by James C. Howell, throughout the book we are reminded of the importance of Lent. This season is a time of personal reflection, in view of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary. That sacrifice is what binds all believers together in the family of Christ, making us ‘blood’ brothers and sisters. As children of God, we are not on this Christian journey alone. Therefore, just as we share the joys of others, we also must bear one another’s burdens, griefs, and pains. This hymn is a reminder of that fact.

Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

John Fawcett, was orphaned at 12, and converted when he became a teenager. Under the ministry of George Whitefield, Fawcett came to accept Christ. John became a Baptist preacher. He was sent to a congregation that was poor and membership was low. After some time, John built a congregation that grew so that another part had to be added to the modest meetinghouse. John and his wife Mary’s interaction with the parishioners helped to grow the congregation.

Although the congregation had grown, they were still unable to support John and his growing family on their modest salaries. John struggled to make ends meet. When he received a call to pastor a larger, prestigious church in London, John accepted the invitation to fill the position. He preached his farewell sermon and packed their belongings in preparation to leave. Once everything was packed and they were ready to go, John and Mary began to weep over leaving. All around them, tears were being shed, as members of the congregation were crying over their pastor’s leaving. A fellowship of love had been built that bound pastor to congregation and congregation to pastor. Finally, his wife exclaimed that she could not bear leaving. John felt the same and they decide to stay.

There isn’t any substantiating evidence that this is what happened, but the idea of a love that would bind believers together like this is the message of this hymn. It is believed that this hymn was written in response to that experience. Note the words of the hymn, see how it emphasizes unity among believers.

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne we pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes, our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

Imagine what the body of Christ would ‘look’ like if we walked in the “fellowship of kindred minds.” Christ’s sacrifice is what unites us and His blood makes us ‘ONE’ in Him. It is true, we will not always agree on everything, BUT we should be able to, “reason together.” Afterall, we are all in this together!

25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

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